One thing that encourages me right now to level up my prayer life and continuously find delight as I pray to my heavenly Father is reading this beautiful book, “Breakthrough Prayer” by Jim Cymbala.
One particular topic that he highlighted on really struck my heart and it really hit a home run for me as it nailed the issues that I’ve been facing with the current season I am in my relationship with God.
“An overlooked Promise.” Pastor Jim shared what he called one of the most overlooked promise in the Bible and this is about the assurance that God desires for us to have as His children. He continued on sharing that God wants us to feel secure regarding our relationship with him. And I really agree with what he said. I believe that God wants us to have this utmost confidence whenever we approach Him and lift up our prayers before Him not because of what we have done but because He has called us His children and He loves us.
“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying on hold of God’s willingness.”-George Mueller
“Guidelines to approaching God.” Indeed, the heart of a breakthrough, successful prayer is having the bold confidence that we are talking to the Father who delights to supply our needs. Pastor Jim shared four guidelines to obey as we approach the throne of God in confidence as we pray.
1 Approach God in Jesus’ name.
“We must make our appeal on the basis of what Christ did for us rather than our own merits because we have none.”
Remember, God gave us His grace FREELY. Don’t try to buy that through you being a “good Christian”.
2 A person who prays must also believe.
Go ahead and see what James has to say about a person who asks God and yet has a doubt in his heart if God will truly answer his prayer. “[He] should not think he will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:6-8)
What’s the sense of you asking if you do not fully believe any way right? It’s such a waste of time, if you ask me.
3 A clear conscience and a pure heart.
If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (John 3:21-22)
I just have to get down on my knees on this part. We cannot really claim the promises of God while holding on to the sins that nailed Jesus on the cross. We cannot enjoy the seemingly pleasures of iniquity and expect to live under the favour of God simultaneously.
“It’s easy to ask God for the things we want and need. But it’s not so simple to adjust our hearts and lives to his Word.”
4 Approach God with assurance.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what new asked of him. (1 John5:14-15)
“It is the confidence of a child so sure of his father’s love that he freely speaks all that is in his heart.”
Pastor Jim said one thing about this that convicted me so much – “If we really believed God’s guarantee to both hear and answer our prayers, we would pray far more than we do.”
I hope that you are also encouraged to pray like never before with the things that Pastor Jim Cymbala shared on his book. May we all have that audaciousness in asking before the King of kings and the Lord of lords. May we always seek Him with a pure heart and with motives that glorifies Him alone. And above anything else, may we on bended knees, seek most the Giver and not the gifts.